Long Road Fes­ti­val

Long Road Fes­ti­val takes place at Stan­ford Hall this week­end

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EAS­TON danielle.eas­ton@reach­plc.com

CAR­RIE Un­der­wood, Una Healy, Lee Ann Wo­mack and The Shires are just some of the world’s big­gest stars set to per­form at The Long Road Fes­ti­val near Hinck­ley.

The ma­jor coun­try, Amer­i­cana and roots fes­ti­val will de­scend onto the grounds of Stan­ford Hall from Fri­day Septem­ber 7 to Sun­day Septem­ber 9.

Re­cent ad­di­tions to the lineup in­clude win­ner of UK Artist of the Year at the 2018 Amer­i­cana Artist Awards Emily Barker and Nashville-based singer­song­writer Erin Rae.

The Amer­i­can Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion UK are also bring­ing an ar­ray of acts to the fes­ti­val in­clud­ing Banjo Jen, The Luck, The Mar­riage, Case Hardin, The South­ern Com­pan­ion and Elles Bai­ley.

BBC Mu­sic In­tro­duc­ing have part­nered with the fes­ti­val, who an­nounced the ris­ing star artists se­lected to per­form on their stage, which will be fronted by pre­sen­ter of BBC Ra­dio 2’s weekly coun­try show Bob Har­ris.

Those ris­ing star artists in­clude The Ade­laides, Emma Moore, Lit­tle Folk, Paint­ing Box and Jess Mor­gan.

Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Baylen Leonard, said: “After months of plan­ning, I’m so ex­cited The Long Road is now just around the cor­ner!

“We can’t wait to wel­come artists and fans from around the world to our in­au­gu­ral year and cel­e­brate together how far coun­try and Amer­i­cana mu­sic has come in the UK.”

Much more than just a mu­sic fes­ti­val, The Long Road will em­brace all as­pects of the coun­try and Amer­i­cana scene and, along­side its live mu­sic of­fer­ings, will in­cor­po­rate an ar­ray of themed ac­tiv­i­ties, work­shops and re­treats, pro­vid­ing fes­ti­val go­ers with a unique, au­then­tic coun­try mu­sic life­style ex­pe­ri­ence.

From the wood­lands to the lake, visi­tors are urged to get in touch with their wild side by tak­ing a dip and go­ing lake swim­ming, al­low­ing you to en­joy a unique view of the fes­ti­val site.

An ex­cur­sion into the his­toric wood­land will al­low you to learn the art of for­ag­ing, and give you the op­por­tu­nity to take a walk through the trail, with or with­out a ca­nine best-friend - who have this year been in­vited back to the event.

Ex­pe­ri­ence the re­al­ity of out­door-Amer­i­can liv­ing by the fire­bowls, toast­ing marsh­mal­lows and singing-along with the fire­side mu­si­cians.

For those who want to get handy, and stuck into some arts and crafts, there are a range of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

New skills can be learnt through the art of wooden spoon mak­ing, to gui­tar cigar box mak­ing and feather and jew­ellery craft­ing.

Get a feel for me­tal work and the in­tri­cacy of jew­ellery mak­ing with Dalia Saun­ders, ex­plore the skills of sur­vival and bushcraft with Dave Wat­son or join Linda Ad­kins in deis­gn­ing some unique leather goods.

If the week­end gets too much, es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle and swap for Health and Hap­pi­ness in a range of work­shop pro­grammes that in­clude dy­namic yoga, gen­tle restora­tive yoga, fam­ily mind­ful­ness play, and move­ment into dance and voice.

En­joy re­lax­ation in the var­i­ous forms of mas­sages avail­able, from one of the skilled ther­a­pists who can be found in pri­vate tents across the event.

If you are feel­ing pres­tige, visi­tors can check them­selves into the VIP area, for prime view of the main stage at The Long Road, with the mighty Stan­ford Hall as your back­drop.

An un­der­cover bar and seat­ing area will shel­ter you from the good old Bri­tish weather, and home-cook­ing traders wil, be on-hand to serve up a se­lec­tion of fine wine, beers, spir­its and soft drinks.

The fancy pants ticket is avail­able at a cost of £30 to ex­pe­ri­ence the high-life, each day.

A va­ri­ety of drinks will be avail­able from the nu­mer­ous bars, bring­ing the true spirit of Amer­ica to the wood­land.

From their flag­ship bour­bon and Buf­falo Trace Ken­tucky Whiskey to fan favourites Ea­gle Rare and Saz­erac Rye, the Front Porch and Honky Tonk bar, are en­sured to have thirst un­der control.

Food­ies can ex­pe­ri­ence the true taste of Amer­ica, div­ing into the clas­sic mac’ and cheese, slow cooked meats and gas­tro­nomic de­lights, land­ing you into food heaven.

From Smokey Tails BBQ, to Ve­gan-friendly junk food and the de­light of pizza dough, there is no doubt that fes­ti­val go­ers will be go­ing hun­gry with plenty of culi­nary de­lights to tuck into.

Not just for adults, the fes­ti­val also of­fers Kids Day Camp, where help­ful Camp Coun­cil­lors will be on-hand to en­sure that chil­dren en­joy the Long Road Ad­ven­ture too.

With sev­eral dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties, camps, games and chal­lenges to choose from, chil­dren are promised to be en­ter­tained by the fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer.

Whether they want to get stuck in at the sand­pits and mud kitchens, be apart of the au­di­ence for the theatri­cal shows, or get cre­ative in the crafts tent, chil­dren will be just as en­ter­tained as adults.

The camp­sites will open at 11am on Fri­day, and must be va­cated by 12noon on Mon­day.

The fes­ti­val area will open from 3pm on Fri­day, with en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by the world’s big­gest stars, due to com­mence early evening.

Fol­low­ing this the arena will open at 11am both Satur­day and Sun­day for a full day of danc­ing, singing and cel­e­bra­tions.

The full fes­ti­val line-up is avail­able online at https://www.th­e­lon­groad.com/line-up/.

Tick­ets are now in fi­nal re­lease phase and start from £45, week­end tick­ets with­out camp­ing will cost ap­prox­i­mately £99 and with camp­ing from £125.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from www.th­e­lon­groad.com.

Car­rie Un­der­wood

Ac­tivist and singer Billy Bragg

The Shires.

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